September 2017

All change …

2017-09-03T23:07:45+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Uncategorized|

I'm gonna start with an update ... and apologies for the inevitable way that this will sound self-congratulatory but I wanted to say thank you to everyone that sent me luck and wishes in sitting the new GCSE ... if you haven't heard I got a 9! Just in case [...]

July 2017

Crossover 2 – OCR

2017-07-03T23:39:13+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

This is the second post looking at the percentage of questions that were on both tiers in the first live sitting of the exam - part 1 included the stats from Pearson/Edexcels papers and this one is for OCR. As previously, I should remind you that “at least 20%” on [...]

June 2017

Crossover 1 – Edexcel

2017-07-03T23:13:31+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Blog, Edexcel, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual|

Back in January I wrote (in this post-> here ) about how comparability across tiers was going to be ensured by the exam boards and Ofqual. I included some analysis about the percentage of marks available on the “crossover” topics for Edexcel, AQA and OCR; I also went off on [...]

May 2017

April 2017

Dual entry ?

2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 April 26th, 2017|AQA, Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, OCR, Ofqual|

Back in December 2015 the DFE published a document ->  GCSE_Early_Entry_Guidance that clarified some rules about "early entry" - you may remember when new early entry rules for key stage 4 qualifications were announced on September 29 2013 (I remember it well!) that only a pupil’s first entry to a key stage 4 qualification [...]


2017-07-02T19:57:03+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Blog, DFE, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual, Uncategorized|

Whether or not you agree with the 4/5 change that was announced last week (some people do! read the comments at the end of my blog post -> here ), the fact is that Nicky Morgan (and yes I know she's gone!) together with Nick Clegg (him too!!) pledged as part of their [...]